Fourth energy supplier leaves the Irish market as crisis deepens

A FOURTH energy supplier is leaving the Irish market.

Panda Power, which has around 60,000 residential electricity and gas customers, is the latest victim of the energy crunch.

It comes after Spanish energy giant Iberdrola pulled out of the residential supply market here, and GlowPower and Bright Energy left.

The enormous surge in wholesale energy costs since the Russians invaded Ukraine have squeezed resellers like Panda, making it very difficult for them to make a return.

Panda Power only increased its electricity and gas prices in August. Electricity prices went up 12.7pc, and gas by 25.8pc.

It was Panda’s second price increase this year. It last raised its prices in May. Last year it increased electricity prices five times and gas prices four times.

After the new price rises the average customer ended up paying about €2,500 a year for their electricity and €2,000 for their gas.

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David Trimble and John Hume

David Trimble, one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, has died

Trimble's family confirmed his passing in a statement via the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) on Monday, July 25: “It is with great sadness that the family of Lord Trimble announce that he passed away peacefully earlier today following a short illness.”

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Photograph of the first woman graduates at the Michaelmas Commencements of 1906

Celebrating 100 Years of Trinity Woman Graduates

In this year of Ireland’s centenary celebrations, Trinity College Dublin’s latest exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the alumni association for Trinity Women graduates. 

Entitled ‘If a female had once passed the gate … ’: Trinity Women Graduates Centenary Exhibition 1922-2022, the exhibition is now on display in the Long Room. It is also available as an online exhibition on the Trinity Library website and on Google Cultural Institute.

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Turf cutters 'back on the bog'

Turf cutters 'back on the bog' as demand soars for solid fuels

RTÉ News / Wednesday, 7 Sep 2022

Now that summer has yielded to autumn, the weather is cooler, and worries about keeping homes warm are foremost in some people's minds.

Demand for solid fuel - and especially for timber - is soaring, according to one Co Roscommon vendor.

"There is a good bit of interest in the turf this year, more than any year," he says. "People are looking to get a bit extra because they are afraid they won't get it next year."

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Fenian attack in Canada

The Irish Fenian invasion of Canada began 156 years ago today

Dan Murphy – Irish Central – 01 Jun 2022:  On June 1, 1866, the Irish Fenian raid of Canada launched. A three-pronged invasion with the goal of capturing Quebec and making it the seat of the Irish Republic-in-exile.

In the sleepy town of Ridgeway, Ontario there stands an unobtrusive stone memorial cairn, a reminder of a defining moment in the Canadian Confederation and a political hot potato that sparked tensions between the governments of the United States and Britain.

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